Finial in the form of a lion
Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
10th–9th century B.C.
Height: 12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Finial, topped with crouching lion with yawning jaws; large holes for attaching. Dark green, smooth patina. Upper jaw and lower edge broken before burial.
By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)
NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund